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Report from the Front

Art criticism, sometimes with context, occasional politics. New shows: "events;" how to support the online edition: "works."



Nicolas de Staël, "Collines-à-Agrigente." 1954. Oil on canvas, 38" x 28 1/2" (60 x 81 cm). Photo Courtesy of Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York.
On Upper Madison Avenue this past spring were two exhibitions by artists who, I’d been given to understand by persons whose taste I often share, should be of more than ordinary interest. Both artists practiced what is known as peinture matière (or Matter Painting).  Read More 
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